Fifty years ago in Chestertown

I went to Columbia for occupational therapy, she said. I liked psychology, so I moved into psychiatric occupational therapy. After awhile, she decided to move into counseling to get away from what she called the arts and crafts part of the job.

I met Ken at the state hospital in Connecticut, she said. We worked there, not patients, she joked. She is retired, and her husband maintains his psychiatric practice.

Kathy (Flachbarth) Tennyson never really left Chestertown.

I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher since sixth grade, Tennyson said. She got her degree at SUNY Oneonta and worked for 33 years at Chestertown Central School and later North Warren as a kindergarten teacher. Her husband, Joe, is a retired Postal worker.

Im mainly involved in quilting now and taking care of my grandchildren, she said.

Larry Kingsley was president of the senior class in 1957 and had an interest in raising chickens and avoiding the draft.

I went to a two year college in Canton and studied poultry science, he said. He said he grew up on his grandfathers farm where he developed an interest in raising livestock.

After college, Kingsley joined the Air Force and spent four years as air frame repairman, working on B-42s and KC 135s.

Then I became a Boy Scout Executive for four years, he said. That was in North Carolina, the last place I was stationed in the Air Force.

In the 1960s, Kingsley went back to school, getting his degree in forestry, and then went into real estate. His yearbook says he wanted to raise chickens, but that never happened, at least not commercially.

I realized there wasnt any money in chickens, he said. He lives with his wife of eight years, Georgene, in Cary, NC,where he continues his career as a real estate land developer. He has two children and Georgene has three and together they have eight grandchildren.

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